Korean Rocket!

Yesterday we made a joke about a Hyundai rocket but blow me down here it is!

The Korea Space Launch Vehicle (KSLV) will be the first space launcher of South Korea. It is being built under the authority of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, the equivalent to NASA.

The KSLV-I launch vehicle is based on the first stage of the Russian Angara rocket and will be built by Russia. The solid-fueled second stage of KSLV-I will be built by South Korea. The launch complex for KSLV will also be built by Russia. It will be capable of launching a satellite weighing 100 kilograms into low orbit. The first launch of KSLV-I is planned for 2008.

Thw Yanks, of course, are worried about the South koreans building a missile which could threaten North Korea. The Americans have been putting pressure on the Russians with regard to technology transfer in this area.

If the launch takes place without a hitch, South Korea will be the eighth country in the world to build its own satellite and rocket and send it into space after (United States, Russia, Japan, China, France, India and Israel).
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